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Wrap-Up Season: Predictably Good Books

Wrap-Up Season: Predictably Good Books I don’t know about you, but whenever I get all geared up to read some classic, I’m not sure whether I want to love it or not. If I don’t love it, then I’m all like, “Pshaw, I wasn’t missing anything! Stupid literati with your “canons of literature”! This book […]

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Wrap-Up Season: Surprisingly Good Books, Part Two

Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac – I had to read On The Road for a class in college. It was okay, you know, nothing special. A friend recommended Dharma Bums to me, it was really good. Usually when Americans do Eastern religion, it highly annoys me. But Jack Keroauc’s Buddhism is so simple, so silly, […]

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Wrap Up Season: Surprisingly Good Books, Part One

In an effort to sum up my year’s reading, I divided up the books I read into four categories: Surprisingly Good, Predictably Good, Left Me With Mixed Feelings, and BAD!!! (there’s also a fifth category of books that I didn’t feel like listing, or talking about). Then I divided up them up further by the […]

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December = Wrap-up Season, Baby!

I love all kinds of summarization: epilogues, epitaphs, eulogies, back-cover blurbs, New Yorker profiles, obituaries, the closing arguments in lawyer shows, dramatic monologues in which the villain reveals his plan, quarterly earnings reports, monthly bank statements, lifetime achievement awards, Nobel prize lectures, speeches in the locker room during halftime of the championship game, wedding toasts, […]

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